Salt and Stamped Concrete

When ice appears, a lot of us are quick to throw down some salt or ice melt to get rid of it.  This can be a bad thing if you have stamped concrete.

Salt and other chemical products contain chemicals that react bad with the the dyes in the concrete causing them to bleach or show stains similar to hard water stains.  A lot of the chemical products contain ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate that can actually eat away at your concrete causing it to break down.  When in doubt, use sand.  Sand will offer needed traction and offers easy clean up.